Houston's Falkirk not giving Stubbs' side an easy ride

Peter Houston has heard all about how Hibs should 'easily' take second place.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 11th April 2016, 1:16 pm
Updated Monday, 11th April 2016, 1:34 pm
Falkirk were celebrating on Saturday
Falkirk were celebrating on Saturday

However he’s quite happy for his players and results to do the talking on the park, because so far the Easter Road side have found the race for second anything but straightforward.

Falkirk too have stuttered in recent weeks but battled to a 3-2 win on Saturday over St Mirren.

That means that the Bairns could go NINE points clear of their hosts tomorrow night, with Alan Stubbs’ side still with two games in hand. Of course the flip side is Hibs could cut the deficit back to three points and have six potential points in hand to leap-frog the Bairns.

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But the Falkirk boss is confident going into the match, as are his players.

“I don’t want to be disrespectful, and I think during the week the opposition said they’d finish easily in second. I’m glad we are making it tough for them because we don’t see it that way,” said Houston.

He added: “With the resources many people thought it would be Rangers and Hibs fighting it out for the title, and here we are three games to go and a wee team like Falkirk is six points ahead, albeit they have two games in hand. They have tough matches ahead of them.

“We go in confidence simply because of the way we have been this season and we go in confidence given the way we came back from the set-backs against St Mirren and how we scored late. We look after ourselves and we go in confidence.”

Houston enjoyed double delight on Saturday when Blair Alston tapped in a late winner over the Buddies, and then news of Alloa’s triumph at Recreation Park filtered through to Westfield.

The boss added: “We have to focus on ourselves and one game at a time. It was lovely to hear the (score from Alloa).

“I will not go into a game for a draw, we still have to win the game and be solid and tight. I watched them against Livingston and had them watched (at Alloa). They have talent and can cut you open.”